Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Dental Nursing Level 3 Work-based

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This is a flexible programme and can start at various times throughout the year and will take two years to complete.

Entry requirements
  • Candidates will need to be in employment in a dental practice
  • GCSE English and maths at C grade is desirable
  • Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme
You will achieve

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health (Dental Nursing)

Last updated: 27th February 2019

Course overview

The qualification focuses on direct chair-side work and support during a range of dental treatments. It encompasses the underpinning ethics, professionalism, teamwork and communication required to work as a dental nurse.

Course content

Core Mandatory Units:
Ensure your own actions reduce the risk to health and safety) Mandatory 2 credits
Reflect on and develop your practice Mandatory 4 credits
Emergency First Aid Skills Mandatory 1 credit
Prepare and maintain environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
Mandatory Units 2 Credits
Offer information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
Mandatory 4 credits
Provide chair side support during the assessment of patients’ oral health
Mandatory 1 credit
Contribute to the production of dental images
Mandatory 3 credits
Provide chair side support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
Mandatory 3 credits
Provide chair side support during the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
Mandatory 4 credits
Provide chair side support during non-surgical endodontic treatment
Mandatory 2 credits
Provide chair side support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
Mandatory 3 credits
Principles of infection control in the dental environment
Mandatory 5 credits
Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
Mandatory 3 credits
Dental radiography
Mandatory 4 credits
Scientific principles in the management of oral health diseases and dental procedures
Mandatory 5 credits
Principles and theory of Dental Nursing (written external exam)

How will I be assessed?

Through work based assessments in your work placement and various evidence methods throughout the programme, building up a portfolio.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to provide paper, writing materials, A4 ring binder file, extra wide dividers and clear plastic wallets. A copy of the standard handbook will be provided and given to you by your assessor on the first visit.

Where will I study?

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

What can I do next?

  • Specialist dental nursing roles
  • Dental hygiene or therapy
  • Dental technology
  • Teaching dental nursing
  • Dental practice management

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £1,900 Full Fee Payable

Extra information

Full Fee Payable

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

Contact the Information Unit

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.


Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dental Nursing Level 3 Work-based